June 30, 2009
A thorough, unbiased and complete audit by experienced personnel is almost always effective at identifying fraud. However, we believe that the cost, ultimately borne by consumers, is excessive and less effective than some alternatives.
Most importantly, we believe that your proposal does not directly address the point of how investor fraud actually occurs; which is usually through fraudulent pricing and non-transparent reporting. We believe that legislation focused on the following would be less costly and far more effective:
We believe that all of these recommendations can be implemented within the existing regulatory framework.
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
5950 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044